Archive for February, 2010

Carbon Diet

Like many people the middle of winter has got me thinking about a diet.

Not the calorie counting kind

The CARBON reducing kind!!

A Carbon Diet would make a huge difference to our family’s pocketbook and the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

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Choosing to make these  simple changes can impact more then just us.

Running the Television for  just 2 hours = 1 lb of  CO2 in the atmosphere.

Turn down the Thermostat  by 2 degrees in the winter and summer =  save 600 lbs CO2/year.

Change 6 light bulbs from incandescent to florescent saves money and cuts out 1200 lbs CO2/year.

Unplug appliances = 18 Million tonnes of CO2 emissions / year.

display clocks and memory chips account for 5% of energy used in the United States each year.

Group Electronic Equipment onto power bars  unplug/switch off = Reducing CO2 emissions by 1.6 tonnes / year.

Run only a FULL dishwasher, skip the pre-rinse cycle,run it once a day = Save 600 lbs CO2/year.

Shorten your shower by 2 minutes = 1 tonne CO2 / year.

Close the refrigerator as soon as you get your items out.

Turn off taps when brushing your teeth.

These small changes can reduce our families carbon emissions by 4 tonnes a year!

An impact equal to not driving a car for up to five months!

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You can find out your carbon footprint here

I found these surprising statistics while researching Sara Snow and her green living website.

Eye of the Tiger

white tiger Gung Hay Fat Choy! Around the world it is the Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year, or Spring festival. The year 2010 is the year of the White Metal Tiger. Promising to be a fruitful and positive year astrologically. We are encouraged to to aim at fulfilling our most cherished plans.

In that spirit, and to honour the symbol of the year, let us direct our attention to the flesh and blood tigers of the world.


The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
, reports there may be as few as 3200 tigers alive today.

India, which has the largest wild tiger population in the world, is estimated to have fewer than 1400.

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Climate change is a huge threat to tigers . Rising sea levels are destroying habitat.  Destruction of forest for timber, agriculture and road building contribute to vanishing land for tigers to live on. Poachers for their skins and organs for their “medicinal” properties, all threaten the survival of the species.

You can help Save the wild tiger.

Launching an ambitious project to double the wild tiger population by 2022, the next year of the tiger, the WWF campaign coincides with the new year.

Conservation projects, raising awareness, ending poaching, and encouraging industry to better manage forests will help in this effort.

If action is not taken there may be no tigers left by 2022.
This is a critical point in time.

Tigers are in crisis, it is up to us to take a stand.
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waste reduction.. get on the bus

As usual the European Union is ahead of use here in North America when it comes to innovated ways to draw attention to environmental issues.

Belfast waste reduction bus

These buses have been driving all over Belfast. In addition to buses and cars with messages a Waste Reduction Week was born this winter. With workshops, fashion shows and  sculptures made of recycled items, people are faced with the realities of the amount of garbage created.

Belfast waste reduction bus

Some of these buses focus on food waste, as well as clothing, plastic and electronic waste.

Belfast waste reduction busNow we just need to get these buses over here!

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